• arts & culture

10 May 2017

The Emerging Writers' Festival (EWF) has revealed its 2017 program; the first under new Artistic Director Izzy Roberts-Orr.

EWF, Australia's premier festival for new and emerging writers, features ten days of exploration, professional development and entertainment designed for storytellers of all kinds from June 14 – 23. 

EWF features over 200 new and emerging writers and brings conviviality to the writers' festival circuit with parties, performances, poetry slams, panels and networking events. 

Programmed in venues across Melbourne's CBD, Footscray and Dandenong, the festival includes the EWF Formal , marking 25 years since the publication of Melina Marchetta's classic Looking for Alibrandi; Tipping Points, a play about climate change created in 24 hours; and Love Show, a performance by Quippings: Disability Unleashed, a collective of performers with bodies and minds of unending variation. 

Other highlights include Lost the Plot, an evening of wacky and wordy literary games, and Bad Writing, a celebration of failed genre experiments and juvenilia.

EWF is committed to providing professional development opportunities for writers through the National Writers' Conference, industry insider events and day-long masterclasses. Budding authors can pitch directly to publishers, delve into writing YA, and explore freelancing, short stories and screenwriting. 

Developed in collaboration with former Artistic Director Michaela McGuire, this year's program is a combination of legacy and looking forward. The Emerging Writers' Festival exists to support, nurture and promote storytellers of the future. The mixture of vocational, sincere and downright irreverent events makes EWF one of Australia's most unique festivals. 

Visit Emerging Writers Festival for full program details